Take one look at the price on the Gaja, then head over to TomHill's to try:
1. Zenato DOC: Lugana SanBenedetto (13%; http://www.Zenato.It) Peschiera/Verona 2011
: Med.light yellow color; quite attractive/fragrant floral/melony/apple-peach blossom slight spicy/nutmeg/stony/chalky/mineral quite aromatic/high-toned nose; rather soft/lush some chalky/mineral rather floral/apple-peach blossom bright/high-toned flavor; med.long slight chalky/mineral lush/floral/peach-pear blossom/cotton candy finish; a very perfumed/pretty/light-on-its-feet bianco w/ an underlying minerality; fairly priced at $23.00 (AV)
2. AltaLuna Phases Rosso IGT: Vigneti della Dolomiti (40% Teroldego/30% Lagrein/30% Merlot; http://www.CavitCollection.com; 13%) Trento 2009
: Very dark color; strong plummy/Merlot rather earthy/loamy/Lagrein light smokey/oak/floral rather basso profundo/Pavarotti slight fragrant/insecticide complex nose; soft rather earthy/loamy/Lagrein some plummy/grapey/Merlot light smokey/oak flavor w/ modest tannins; med.long soft ripe/plummy/Merlot some earthy/Lagrein light smokey finish w/ a bit of a tannic/bitey aftertaste; lacks the high-toned notes of Teroldego and speaks mostly of earthy/Lagrein; quite an attractive example of a rustic Dolomite red. $19.00 (LCSWS)
And a wee BloodyPulpit:
1. Lugana: This wine comes from the vineyards on the San Benedetto estate, to the south of Lake Garda. It is made from the Trebbiano do Lugana grape. Trebbiano typically makes dreadfully dull wines. This is not such a wine. Because Trebbiano di Lugana is not
a member of the Trebbiano family, but another variety known as Turbiana: Fringe/Turbiana
I was quite taken by this wine.
2. Cavit: I generally find the Cavit wines as rather unthrilling. This AltaLuna (High Moon) appears to be a higher end wine from Cavit. I was rather surprised how good it was. The Teroldego comes from the Campo Rotaliano area of Trentino; home of the great Foradori Teroldegos. The Merlot and, particularly, the Lagrein seem to overwhelm the more high-toned/perfumey character that makes Teroldego such a great grape. But it was a pretty tasty wine in a rustic sort of way.